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August 22 2018

08:22

Facebook cuts ad-target options to thwart discrimination

Facebook said Tuesday it is cutting more than 5,000 ad-targeting options to prevent advertisers from discriminating based on traits such as religion or race.
08:19

'Trash is gold' as Benin community turns waste into biogas

Garbage has never smelled so sweet for a small village in southern Benin since it opened a pilot waste treatment centre to turn household rubbish into gas—and cash.
08:14

Smoke from wildfires triggers alert in Vancouver

Thick smoke blanketed Vancouver on Tuesday, triggering warnings about dangerous particulate matter in the air and comparisons with cities in China and India ranked by the WTO as the worst polluted.
08:02

Vulnerable youth stress the importance of influential adults in their school lives

Kids who faced daunting barriers to success in the classroom had a clear message for University at Buffalo researchers who asked them as young adults to look back on their experiences with maltreatment, homelessness and their time in school: Adults can do better.
07:59

Does it matter where students sit in lecture halls?

Lectures are a staple of higher education, and understanding how students interact and learn within the lecture theatre environment is central to successful learning. In a new study published in FEBS Open Bio, researchers examined students' reasons for choosing particular seats in a lecture hall, and investigated how seating positions correlate with student performance.
07:57

When 'religiosity' competes with materialism, charitable giving takes a hit

Religious people tend to be more charitable than their nonreligious counterparts, but they'll think twice about opening their wallets if it prolongs their next big purchase, according to new research from Baylor University's Hankamer School of Business.
07:51

Hackers target smartphones to mine cryptocurrencies

Has your smartphone suddenly slowed down, warmed up and the battery drained down for no apparent reason? If so, it may have been hijacked to mine cryptocurrencies.
07:49

Uber hires CFO on the road to IPO

Uber on Tuesday named a news chief financial officer as the smartphone-summoned ride service remained on the road to a stock market debut next year.
07:49

Volkswagen in dispute with Mexican farmers

Mexican farming communities accused German auto giant Volkswagen on Tuesday of "arbitrarily" provoking a drought in the central state of Puebla to protect its newly manufactured cars from hail.
07:40

Japan fleet catches 177 whales in latest hunt

A fleet of Japanese whaling ships caught 177 minke and sei whales during a three-month tour of the northwestern Pacific, the government said Wednesday.
07:30

Facebook uncovers new global misinformation operations

Facebook has identified and banned hundreds of accounts, groups and pages engaged in misleading political behavior, a far larger discovery than a "sophisticated" effort it reported three weeks ago with great fanfare.
07:26

Microsoft's anti-hacking efforts make it an internet cop

Intentionally or not, Microsoft has emerged as a kind of internet cop by devoting considerable resources to thwarting Russian hackers.
07:25

Little damage reported from strong quake in Venezuela

A powerful earthquake shook Venezuela's northeastern coast and parts of the Caribbean but likely caused little damage besides knocking out power in some places and toppling supermarket shelves because of its depth, experts said.
07:25

Study shows methods of measuring soil carbon stocks not interchangeable

A (wo)man is only as good as his or her tools. In the case of soil scientists, they are only as good as the tools and methods they use. And when it comes to estimating soil organic carbon stocks, new research shows not all tools give the same results.
07:22

Orphaned elephants have a tougher social life

Young female orphan elephants have a tougher social life than non-orphans, a new study suggests, adding to a growing body of evidence of how the impacts of poaching cascade through elephant societies.
07:21

Murky lakes now surpass clear, blue lakes in US

New research reveals that many lakes in the continental United States are becoming "murkier, with potentially negative consequences for water quality and aquatic life. The findings are published in Limnology and Oceanography.
07:20

For exotic pets, the most popular are also most likely to be released in the wild

Among pet snakes and lizards, the biggest-selling species are also the most likely to be released by their owners—and to potentially become invasive species, according to a Rutgers study published today in the Journal of Applied Ecology.
07:09

Red or yellow? A simple paper test detects false or substandard antibiotics

Antibiotics—medicines that treat bacterial infections—have saved millions of lives worldwide since their discovery in the early 20th century. When we fill a prescription at the doctor's office or pharmacy today, most of us take for granted that these commonly prescribed medicines are real, and of good quality.
07:07

Researchers identify structural changes that occur in enveloped viruses before invading host

The critical, structural changes that enveloped viruses, such as HIV, Ebola and influenza, undergo before invading host cells have been revealed by scientists using nano-infrared spectroscopic imaging, according to a study led by Georgia State University and the University of Georgia.
07:04

NASA captures monsoon rains bringing flooding to India

NASA provided estimates monsoon rainfall that affected India from Aug. 13 to 20.
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